''Gravity'' adds astronaut to our list of rough ways to earn a living on screen
As seen in: Gravity, Apollo 13, Mission to Mars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien series
Worst part of the job: Seriously, how many astronaut movies have you seen where the hero wasn't under direct threat to life and limb at some point because of his or her chosen profession? Space exploration on screen is the definition of high-risk/high-reward employment. You stand a better-than-not choice of getting stranded in space or blown to smithereens, whether that's due to faulty equipment, showers of meteors/space shrapnel, hostile life forms, or any of a million other things that can possibly go wrong. And, sure, many astronaut protagonists ultimately make it out alive (by the skin of their teeth!), but they often lose their friends and colleagues along the way, setting themselves up for a lifetime of PTSD counseling. Still, as Gravity's Mission Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) notes, you can't beat the view.
'I Quit' Factor: 8 (out of 10)
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